Another business is laying off American tech workers and forcing them to train their foreign replacements, joining the ranks of Southern California Edison, Disney, Fossil Group and Catalina Marketing.
Cengage Learning, a multinational education content producer, told 75 of its tech workers in October they would be out of their jobs in January, reported Computer World. In the meantime they’re training their foreign replacements, and if Cengage finds out they’re talking to the media they’ll lose their severance pay.
“I was so furious,” one of the laid off workers told Computer World.
Those laid off are now being shadowed and recorded for training purposes by their replacements working for the contractor, Cognizant, which appear to be foreigners on work visas. Cognizant is a top user of the H-1B visa, according to government data cited by Computer World, although the laid off workers did not know whether their replacements were on H-1B visas.